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March 2-8, 2020 / Vol 39, No 9 / Hawai`i Island, USA

28 Feb 2020, 20:07 UTC
March 2-8, 2020 / Vol 39, No 9 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference Anticipates New Era of Commercial Spaceflight

Southwest Research Institute and the Commercial Spaceflight Federation co-host the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference at Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colorado March 2-4. NSRC is the premier conference for scientists and educators with an interest in commercial suborbital vehicles. Conveners include Alan Stern (clockwise from TL) and Cindy Conrad of SwRI. Distinguished speakers will include Colorado Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera, Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses of Virgin Galactic, Chief Scientist Steven Squyres of Blue Origin, and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. A new generation of suborbital spacecraft are expected to come online starting in historic year 2020, led by Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo and Blue Origin New Shepard. These vehicles and others are expected to revolutionize space access with their ability to carry a variety of payloads. Possibilities for gathering data will include Earth atmosphere, solar physics, microgravity, planetary science, and space life science. Italy signs contract with Virgin Galactic for a dedicated flight including three researchers. NASA issues a draft solicitation for the Flight Opportunities program, which includes balloons, aircraft, and suborbital vehicles. For the first time, researchers will be allowed to fly with their experiments. One category is for projects linked ...

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